A few months into this, I decided that I HAD to take some time. If for no other reason, than to feel like a nicer person for my children. Do something emotionally and physically healthy, and make myself a priority for just an hour. If not every day, then at least three times a week. That was my goal. At first that turned into workouts that began after 10:30 at night when I had some alone time, but that didn't last long, because who was I trying to kid. Since leaving the bed before Isla wakes up in the morning wasn't an option (sensitive sleeper), it turned into working out with the kids or not doing it at all.
I should preface all this by saying that I am by no means an expert on health and fitness by any stretch of the imagination (that's my Mom's department), but I do follow a lot of different moms on instagram that demo the different workouts they do with their kids jumping and toddling around them, so I figured, why not me. Why not us. Every morning that I can, I write down a set of exercises, how many reps, how many sets, strap my children on, plug in my headphones, and disappear into the quiet and serenity of my hardcore rap music. (Kidding. Sort of.)
So! Today, I thought I'd demo a few of my favorite at-home, with-kids exercises here, just in case any of you are in the same boat as I am, and/or, just the idea of loading the kids up in the car and driving to the gym sounds like more trouble than it's worth, and/or you don't own dumbbells, but you have children.
The PROBLEM however, with making sure a workout happens in the morning, is that after I'm done, and breakfast has been made and babies have been properly napped, the next item of business on the day's agenda is quickly approaching. Most of the time I pretty much have less than 5 minutes to throw myself together.
And don't judge me OK, but I love taking my showers late at night after the kids go to bed, when the house is dark and quiet and I don't have to worry about blow drying my hair after I get out. So that's my thing. After a workout? I just need to spruce up a little. Wipe down, and go. For my regular, day to day look, especially after a workout, I don't even like to put on mascara. Just get that dewy, fresh looking skin, and call it a day. After stalking the beauty section at Target, (where else do I ever go?) I found a dream trio of products that will give me exactly that, in less than five minutes. Probably less than three if we actually timed it. Less than three, in your car, applied in the rear-view mirror even.
First up, THESE. Yes to Cucumbers soothing facial towelettes. Because sweat. And also they've been a go-to for years, and I'll probably never use anything else.
(You guys, never take pictures of yourself wiping your face off.)
Next up! Pixi H20 skintint. This stuff is dreammmmmy. It's a tinted gel, so it goes on super light and dewy, but settles into your skin and evens everything out without making you look shiny.
And finally, this baby. NYX wonder stick. (I use the universal shade) This is your new best friend, and as much of a wonder stick as it claims to be. It will make you GLOW. I apply the highlighter end above my cheekbones, down the center of my nose, a little above my brow bone and in the center of my forehead.
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